Since the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition’s (CFAC) inception in 2005, several innovative programs have been initiated collaboratively between CFAC and community partners to guide the development of a healthy, sustainable local food system for all Missoula’s citizens. These programs have included EBT machines at the farmers’ markets that enable people to use SNAP benefits to purchase healthy, local food, and the Buy Fresh Buy Local Farm to Restaurant Collaborative that links chefs with farmers and ranchers to bring locally-grown and raised food to customers’ plates. The Missoula Farm to School program has been another integral piece of CFAC’s multifaceted approach towards achieving our mission of developing and strengthening Missoula’s food system.
Currently, CFAC is working to bring a Farmer in the Classroom project to area schools, linking a farmer to individual classrooms for multiple on-site demonstrations and presentations to students. CFAC collaborates with Garden City Harvest to coordinate the BEANS project, Blending Education and Nutrition in Schools - providing not only in-class presentations, but Farm tours to the PEAS Farm and on-site school garden projects.